I have seen way too many of these books on this site that are STILL on the shelves. I know that the authors are trying to help, and for 1980 this is probably not too bad an attempt. It does bother me that these books seem to have the same theme over and over: Mommy is cranky and Daddy leaves. The example that follows is Daddy taking the child to get a hamburger and have an awkward conversation about custody arrangements. Again, I don’t see how this helps anyone, especially since nothing seems to be resolved at the end of the story. Short answer: I just don’t think these books age well. Youth librarians, please chime in on this one!
Folks, I have been working on weeding in the zeros-100’s and I am still having trouble coming up with some solid criteria for those topics like UFOs, Bigfoot, crop circles and all sorts of other stuff that floats in the lower range of Dewey land. Currency? Scientific authority? My expertise is limited to episodes of the X files, Unsolved Mysteries, and lately Fringe. Anyone have any nice ideas I can communicate in a collection objective? Everyone in public library land knows this stuff is usually good to go until it falls apart. I keep thinking we can do better.
I Want To Believe!
Jinny Williams Library Assistant
Temkin and Hovell
Can our young modern girl find love in her local library? Our girl Jinny moves through the stacks looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe it will be the cute guy downloading inappropriate material from the Internet. Maybe it will be that ultra sexy new librarian who keeps “checking her out.” Maybe she will get a couple of cats and head off to library school and get her MLS. Grab this page turner and find out!